‘DEPLORABLE’ RESPONSE BY BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO RELEASE OF PAPERS ON DUBLIN AND MONAGHAN BOMBS

19 July 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

The lack of response from the British government regarding the release of official papers concerning the Monaghan and Dublin bombings in 1974 has been described as deplorable by Fianna Fáil Deputy for Cavan Monaghan, Brendan Smith. He raised the issue in the Dáil last week with the Minister for Justice Charles Flanagan TD, during the committee stage debate on the Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Bill 2019. Independent Deputy for Dublin Central Maureen O’Sullivan claimed the British authorities were stonewalling on the issue.

The following is an extract from the Oireachtas record:
Deputy Brendan Smith: Deputies (Maureen) O’Sullivan, (Seán) Crowe and I worked with the Minister, Deputy Flanagan, when he was Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade on the terrible atrocities committed in May 1974, including the heinous murders of 34 people between Dublin and Monaghan. Of course, there have been other tragedies for which justice has never been attained and in respect of which families have never got the truth. When the Minister, Deputy Flanagan, served as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, he continually pursued with the British government the need for it to respond positively to the request that has been…

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